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  • Published: 2 August 2022
  • ISBN: 9780857527929
  • Imprint: Doubleday
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $32.99

My Name is Yip

A brilliantly original voice-driven debut about defying expectations, set in the Georgia Gold Rush.

It is 1815 in the small town of Heron's Creek, Georgia, when Yip Tolroy - mute, medical anomaly & social outcast - is born. His father has disappeared in mysterious circumstances, so he is raised by his mother: a powerful, troubled, independent woman who owns and runs a general store. She struggles to manage his needs, leaving Yip to find the means of asserting himself in an unforgiving, hostile environment. With the help of a retired doctor, he begins to transform his life by learning to read and write, his portal into the community a piece of slate and a supply of chalk.

And then at the age of 15, Yip's life is altered irrevocably. In the space of a few days he witnesses the discovery of gold, meets his faithful friend and comrade Dud Carter, and commits a grievous crime. Thrust unwittingly into a world of violence and sin, Yip and Dud are forced to leave town and embark on an odyssey that will introduce them to the wonder and horror of the American frontier until the revelation of a secret means they must return to Heron's Creek and the fate that awaits them.

  • Published: 2 August 2022
  • ISBN: 9780857527929
  • Imprint: Doubleday
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $32.99

About the author

Paddy Crewe

Paddy Crewe was born in Middlesborough in 1991. He studied at Goldsmiths, University of London. My Name Is Yip is his first novel.

Praise for My Name is Yip

Mute but eloquent, Yip comes thrillingly into our midst to unfurl his singular and singing book of revelations. Murder, gold, lost fathers... Paddy Crewe has a 24-carat gift

Sebastian Barry, author of Days Without End

Yip Tolroy may not speak, but his voice soars off the page in Paddy Crewe's terrific debut novel. Both an entertaining tale of gold, murder and the impulse for revenge, and a tender coming-of-age story amid the lawlessness of the American frontier.

Paul Howarth, author of Only Killers and Thieves

My Name is Yip accelerates into a wild gallop. There are pleasures (and horrors too) in this picaresque of a plot, but its real power lies in Yip's distinctive voice. From his first words he springs from the page, entirely himself and impossible to resist. An exuberant and original debut.

Clare Clark, author of Savage Lands

What a marvel this novel by Paddy Crewe is, what an unlooked-for firecracker of fury and beauty and rage and hope. My Name Is Yip is a tremendous novel, one that both harks back and burns the way forward, that is built of sentences that sing and roar.

Laird Hunt, National Book Award listed author of Neverhome

My Name is Yip is a thrilling adventure story brim-full of humour, strangeness and charm

Ian McGuire, Booker Prize longlisted author of The North Water

A rollicking picaresque... This memorable string of adventures reads like a one-of-a-kind mash-up of Charles Dickens and Cormac McCarthy.

Publishers Weekly

Paddy Crewe takes us on Yip's epic journey with meticulous skill. Told in a voice both idiosyncratic and poetic, this is a moving novel from a talented new writer.

Daniel Wiles, author of Mercia's Take

My Name is Yip is so utterly itself and vivid. I haven't read anything quite like it. A mesmeric and rollicking adventure told by a narrator like no other - one who beguiles, moves, delights and also had me so worried for him, I was on the edge of my seat. Bold, thrilling, beautifully conceived and deeply atmospheric. I can't recommend it enough. Superb to the last full stop.

Rachel Joyce, author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

I love the compelling narrator, somehow a cross between Charles Dickens's David Copperfield and Charles Portis's Mattie Ross. And like True Grit, Yip takes us on a wild ride through the Old West.

Michael Punke, author of The Revenant and Ridgeline

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